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They probably met on the Star One tour.
I like the neoclassical approach of the early days.
I like doing song-by-song reviews simply because I like reading them if they’ve been done for a band I really like. Just listening through Symphony X I used Knick’s and LC’s, for Iced Earth, Mosh’s and NP’s. They’re a good reference point to build off of and when I write my own I try to put a lot of effort into what I say and how I say it. Metallica was a solid learning point for me and I feel like I overdid it in the sense of describing everything within the song and not just the key parts and overall opinions.While I admit I might have said occasionally something against your bloated "every-song" reviews in the past, I admit I would be very interested in your song-by-song assessment of Symph X, especially since they're one of the few metal bands I still regularly listen to and genuinely love.
I’ve actually been considering that since I’m going to be working my way through their discography and I know you’re big on them. It’ll be a little harder because death metal takes usually more time to grow on me but I’d be very interested in doing it.(also would be very interested in your song-by-song assessment of Opeth, since I've been trying to get the new Survivor off the ground, but that's a given, I guess)
I like doing song-by-song reviews simply because I like reading them if they’ve been done for a band I really like. Just listening through Symphony X I used Knick’s and LC’s, for Iced Earth, Mosh’s and NP’s. They’re a good reference point to build off of and when I write my own I try to put a lot of effort into what I say and how I say it. Metallica was a solid learning point for me and I feel like I overdid it in the sense of describing everything within the song and not just the key parts and overall opinions.
But also when I write song-by-song reviews I always hope there are people interested in them. When I did Metallica people seemed to latch on to the ratings a bit too much; when I did Rammstein and Nightwish almost no one seemed interested in them. For the latter I just stopped reviewing. If I’m gonna do Symphony X I would hope it’s a place to build off of for a wider discussion of them. They’re a very interesting band and I have a lot of opinions which I’m gonna see fleshed out as I listen to them more.
I’ve actually been considering that since I’m going to be working my way through their discography and I know you’re big on them. It’ll be a little harder because death metal takes usually more time to grow on me but I’d be very interested in doing it.
It's definitely an analysis, but I think "review" also describes it very well. I think one thing people misunderstand when I do song-by-song reviews is that I'm not reviewing the album, I'm reviewing the individual components of the album. There's a solid difference I think. When reviewing an album, you wanna give it an overview of what's good and what's bad. When you're reviewing songs you wanna dive in as your listening and give more in-depth thoughts. An album I've always felt should be more than just a collection of songs. There should be a reason these songs are connected, whether that's through sound, concept, artistic vision, etc. And then even when an album may have a weaker song, it can still stand up as a unified work. But with that being said...I totally get it. In a way I mean, if it's a band that I really live and breathe for I'm all fine with that. I don't consider it to be a "review", though, more of a fanboy analysis, maybe? And sure, a good jump-off point for a discussion.
See, I've had this discussion before with people and I still respectfully disagree. There aren't very many albums that I think are perfect, but the bands I like typically have at least one album that's really great or actually is, in my humble opinion, perfect (or as perfect as possible). Like I keep harping on The Chemical Wedding, but that's because every single song just absolutely crushes me when I listen to it and I can say 100% that I wouldn't change a single second on that album because every single second is used perfectly. Again, all just my opinion and from my impressions when I listen to it. Once also falls into that category (the three songs I gave 9's are easy, easy 10's for me now), as does Powerslave, Bat Out Of Hell, and Bat Out Of Hell II: Back Into Hell. I wish I could come up with a more compelling argument beyond just "I love these albums and I think every song on them is perfect and I would not change a thing", but I really can't because that's what it boils down to.(and tbh, some of your ratings are just too ... "randy"? Like, I even used to have Once as my favourite NW album and I was glad to see it getting some love... but you gave it like 98 % or what and that was just absurd and completely took me out of it. I don't think the best band ever ever did a 98 % album. Abbey Road, The White Album, Sticky Fingers, they ain't 98%. You get what I mean? Sorry, but I just had to say that)
On occasion I've tried to do just that. Writing my review of Ghost Love Score took several paragraphs simply because that song gives me a lot of vivid imagery I tried to convert into words as best as I could. Writing up a review on Reise Reise from Rammstein, I played around with typical review structures to kind of get at my thoughts better. Did I succeed at both? I don't really think so, but yeah. When I write reviews I do try to really put a lot more effort into them than "we start strong, great riff, great solo, great chorus, wish the ending worked better 3/10". Doing (failing) the 365 albums thing probably hurt me in the long run because they weren't reviews so much as me jotting down initial impressions of albums I either would or wouldn't return to later. When I actually put effort into it it's possible that people just assume it's gonna be as cookie-cutter as those others were. But I 100% appreciate the criticism because as much effort as I try to put into my reviews I also realize that they aren't perfect and with every band I do I try to really build on what I've learned in the past. If I do Symphony X and Opeth, I'm going to start taking notes in build-up to the reviews, which I think I should've done a while back too. Get my thoughts collected before going in.Or maybe give it more of that poetic flair that professional reviews tend to have (or at least used to).
Yeah, I mean a song like Blackwater Park... man, I've loved it for years now, it's just perfect from start to finish. But getting past one great song and getting into the others is, of course, not always the easiest thing to do, lol. Is it possible to get the link to your Opeth doc? Listening through Orchid felt like a chore but revisiting it with that on hand might make it more interesting.Very cool! Honestly, although I've listened to great death metal even before (Death - Symbolic - Empty Words in particular), it was them who really made me appreciate deathmet, growls and everything. Some of the most intriguing riffs I ever heard. And - to me at least - a truly artistic band - it was a band I tried getting my non-metal, non-rock (and actually somewhat non-music, more like literature and philosophy) friends into, with varying degrees of success.
That's not a push, I just hope your enjoyment's going to be at least 10 % of mine. Because even then you'll be having a really great time and I want to read about it
I'd like to join in too! I haven't heard much Symphony X, but I liked what I did hear. I don't think I'll be rating songs, though, since my thoughts on songs are far too unpredictable, vague, and conflicted for me to pick a specific numerical value.If anyone wants song-by-song reviews let me know.
I really liked the way you gave your opinions on every single part of the songs. The only Metallica review you might have overdone it on was St. Anger (and at least that one was entertaining).Metallica was a solid learning point for me and I feel like I overdid it in the sense of describing everything within the song and not just the key parts and overall opinions.
What sort of notes? I've never done a review before, so I probably need a bit of advice.I'm going to start taking notes in build-up to the reviews